Saturday, February 27, 2010

Princess Books

Two important stickers from the "Books We Love" Valentine's heart were not included in yesterday's list. Both stickers said that the readers' favorite books were about princesses, but there are so many different kinds of princess books! The "Books We Love" list wouldn't have done the genre any justice.

Today's post is devoted to all things Princess: from animal stories to fairy tales to more realistic books, the following list will introduce all kinds of princesses in all kinds of worlds. Just like yesterday, click the "Read more" link to see the whole list.

Picture Books

Auch, Mary Jane. The Princess and the Pizza.
     An out-of-work princess applies to become the bride of Prince Drupert, but first she must pass several tests, including a cooking contest.

Coyle, Carmela LaVigna. Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs?
     A young girl takes a hike with her father, asking many questions along the way about what princesses do.

Funke, Cornelia Caroline. The Princess Knight.
     Violet would like to be a knight, but her parents want her to marry instead. She surprises everyone when she disguises herself as a boy and wins a jousting tournament.

Grey, Mini. The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be.
     The pea gives its own version of what happened in the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," from the time of its birth in the Palace Garden until it helps arrange a royal marriage.

Heine, Helme. The Boxer and the Princess.
     Max was a gentle rhinoceros, his skin tender and thin. His father told him he had to toughen up, and he surrounded his body with physical protection, such as armor and an iron helmet. Along with his body, his feelings were locked up tight and there was no key to open him.

______. Prince Bear.
     Recounts how in the olden days any bear in the forest could change into a prince and any princess could change into a bear, and how this happy balance was upset so that bears and princesses eventually could no longer trade places.

Holabird, Katharine. Angelina at the Palace.
     When Angelina Ballerina is recruited to help with the anniversary celebration of the the king and queen of Mouseland, she finds herself in charge of preparing the three young princesses for their performance.

Jackson, Ellen.  Cinder Edna.
     Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.

Kleven, Elisa. The Paper Princess Flies Again: With Her Dog!
     While looking for a birthday gift for their owner, the paper princess and her dog travel on a kite, a tumbleweed, and a sailboat, and end up in a surprising place.

Levert, Mireille. The Princess Who Had Almost Everything.
    Princess Alicia has everything she needs and more. A splendid castle, mountains of desserts, and loving parents who do everything possible to ensure she is happy. But even with all of that, Alicia is bored. Terribly bored. So what will it take to finally make her happy?

Lum, Kate. Princesses are not Quitters!
     Three bored princesses decide to become servants for a day and learn what hard work is all about.

Mack, Todd. Princess Penelope Takes Charge!
     Princess Penelope is going to be a big sister soon and she wants a little sister, but when her mother brings home a little brother, she learns that he can be just as special.

Martin, Rafe. The Storytelling Princess.
     Having survived a shipwreck, a princess tries to tell a prince a story whose ending he does not know and thus qualify for his hand in marriage.

Milord, Susan. Willa the Wonderful.
     When Willa announces her career goal to be a fairy princess her family and friends are skeptical, until the day she makes a real-life rescue.

O’Malley, Kevin. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.
     Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold.

Posner, Pat. Princess Fidgety Feet.
     Princess Bridget is very active and loves soccer, but kicking balls isn't proper behavior for a princess.

Tyler, Anne. Tumble Tower.
     A very messy princess in a very tidy royal family has the opportunity to prove that there are advantages to not being neat.

Easy Reader and Easy Chapter

Hall, Kirsten. I’m a Princess.
     Dressed as a princess, a girl expects her family to treat her royally, but that is because Halloween has arrived.

Kimpton, Diana. Pony-Crazed Princess.
     There is a mysterious stranger watching Princess Ellie. When her pony Sundance goes missing, Ellie is convinced that the stranger has something to do with it. It is up to Ellie to figure out who the stranger is and rescue Sundance before it is too late.

Lagonegro, Melissa. A Pet for a Princess.
     Princess Jasmine and her pet tiger become the best of friends.

Ziefert, Harriet. The Princess and the Pea.
     The queen has a plan to help the prince find a real princess to marry.

J Fiction

Bracken, Beth.  Cinderalla: The Graphic Novel.
     Cinderella's wicked stepmother won't let her go to the ball. But with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, she'll be getting there in style. There's just one catch. At midnight, her magical gown will turn back into dirty old rags.

Carlson, Natalie Savage. The Orphelines in the Enchanted Castle.
     The twelve orphelines come to live in their new orphanage, an old castle, where with thirty boy orphans they become over-imaginative princesses and knights.

Conford, Ellen. A Royal Pain.
      A sixteen-year-old in Kansas, who discovers she is really a princess, is taken to a tiny European monarchy to assume her duties and marry a distasteful neighboring prince, and in the ensuing weeks tries to become such a "royal pain" that everyone will want to be rid of her.

Coombs, Kate. The Runaway Princess.
     Fifteen-year-old Princess Meg uses magic and her wits to rescue a baby dragon and escape the unwanted attentions of princes hoping to gain her hand in marriage through a contest arranged by her father, the king.

Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy.
     While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

______. Rapunzel's Revenge.
     (Graphic novel) Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the women she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.

Kirwan, Anna. Victoria, May Blossom of Britannia.
     In 1829, nine-year-old Victoria begins a journal chronicling her life as an English princess. Includes information on the reign, marriage, and family life of Queen Victoria and English civilization during that period.

Lasky, Kathryn. Born to Rule. (Camp Princess, 1)
     When princesses from some of the most splendid kingdoms of the world gather at summer camp, a special bond forms between the girls of the South Turret and aids them in laying to rest a mystery while working to complete a long-lost tapestry.

MacDonald, George. The Princess and the Goblin.
     A little princess is protected by her friend Curdie from the goblin miners who live beneath the castle.
Quindlen, Anna. Happily Ever After.
     When a girl who loves to read fairy tales is transported back to medieval times, she finds that the life of a princess in a castle is less fun than she imagined.

J Nonfiction

Brewster, Hugh. Anastasia’s Album.
     Illustrated in scrapbook style with young Anastasia's Romanoff’s photos and watercolor paintings, this intimate glimpse brings to life the unspoiled princess of the last of the czars.

Child, Lauren. The princess and the pea in miniature: after the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen
     Presents a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale of a young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Diana: Twentieth Century Princess.    
     A biography of the Princess of Wales with emphasis on her duties and responsibilities as a modern princess.

Lang, Andrew. The Red Fairy Book.
     Thirty-seven favorite fairy tales from the folklore of France, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

Princess Book.
     A collection of nine original stories about beautiful and energetic princesses clever enough to cope with the likes of dragons, evil curses, and handsome princes.

Ray, Jane. The Twelve Dancing Princesses
     A retelling of the traditional tale of how the king's twelve daughters wear out their shoes every night while supposedly sleeping in their locked bedroom.

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